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DeSantis’ messy campaign launch: Three takeaways

DeSantis’ messy campaign launch: Three takeaways

TIM REID FLORIDA Governor Ron DeSantis entered the battle for the 2024 presidential election during a chaotic, glitch-filled online forum on Twitter hosted by its billionaire owner, Elon Musk. Here are three takeaways from the DeSantis announcement: TWITTER CAN BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR CAMPAIGN'S HEALTH DeSantis' decision to announce his White House bid during a live event with Musk on Twitter was a first. It might also be the last. For nearly 25 minutes, the audio-only feed failed time and again, overshadowing DeSantis' big announcement and undermining his attempt to start gaining ground on Donald Trump, his main rival for…
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Florida bill would ban gender studies majors, diversity programs at universities

Florida bill would ban gender studies majors, diversity programs at universities

SHARON BERNSTEIN FLORIDA Governor Ron DeSantis would gain more influence in the state's public university system, and majors involving gender studies or critical race theory would be eliminated if a bill filed this week wins support from the Republican-controlled legislature. The new measure, which largely reflects a legislative agenda announced by DeSantis in January, also would ban consideration of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the hiring of faculty. It would require each institution's board of trustees to approve hires, giving DeSantis greater influence over those decisions because the governor appoints a significant number of board members. The wide-reaching legislation…
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